Transylvanian-American soprano Lilla Heinrich Szász is a multi-genre musician with a captivating vocal color and elegant, natural phrasing. Her technique and vocal style allow her to easily navigate through the repertoires of the Renaissance through modern periods and commercial periods. She's been featured in Business Insider, WQXR Radio, Opera Today and has won critical and international acclaim for her "appealing sound, agile coloratura and oversize wit." - The New York Times.
Ms. Heinrich Szász holds her Master's and Bachelor's degrees from The Juilliard School, where she was winner of the Juilliard Honors Recital Competition and studied music pedagogy under the tutelage of Dr. Virginia Allen, faculty member at The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music.
She's received Recognition of Excellence from the Tri-M Music Honors Society and was winner of the American Prize Competition, Joy in Singing Competition, Giulio Gari International Voice Competition, NJ Teachers Association Competition, Music Teacher's National Association Competition and Metropolitan Opera National Council Eastern District Competition, among many others.
Previous highlights include her Carnegie Hall debut with the Marilyn Horne Foundation, Alice Tully Hall debut and has worked around the globe with the Saint Louis Symphony, Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, Israeli Chamber Orchestra and Juilliard Orchestra led by Maestro Alan Gilbert, Juilliard415 Orchestra led by William Christie, Chautauqua Music Festival Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, New York Chamber Virtuosi, NYC FOCUS! Festivals at Alice Tully Hall and Israeli Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Heinrich Szász teaches private voice, piano and acting with students from multiple award-winning music institutions, including the Boston Conservatory, University of Cincinnati, Juilliard School, Hunterdon Academy of the Arts, Chautauqua Music Institute and has extensive experience teaching students of various ages, abilities and genres.
Her down to earth personality and unique approach to performing arts learning focuses on finding each individual’s strengths and maximizing them to their full potential. She works on developing healthy technique and always goes the extra mile to ensure her students are excelling in their own artistic and musical journey.
She strives to create a friendly and supportive environment for her students, tailoring each lesson to help them reach their individual goals. As a teacher she is passionate about helping each student develop strong musicianship and confidence in their craft, while instilling a love for music and the arts.
Her studio is currently accepting students but space is limited, so please contact her as soon as possible with your availability and interest.
Studio: Professional studio is located in Somerset, NJ or available online via Skype.
Honors & Awards
Winner, Joy in Singing Competition | 2015
Winner, Juilliard Vocal Honors Recital Competition | 2013
Grant Winner, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Eastern District) | 2013
Grant Winner, Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant | 2013
First Prize, The American Prize Opera Competition | 2013
Third Prize, The American Prize Art Song Competition | 2013
Grant Winner, Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans | 2011 - 2013
Winner, SAI Competition in Voice, Chautauqua | 2012
Recipient, The Juilliard Merit Scholarships | 2007 - 2011
First Prize, The National Society for Arts and Letters Vocal Competition | 2011
First Prize, The National Society for Arts and Letters Vocal Competition | 2010
Grant Winner, Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition | 2010
Winner, Amato Opera Competition | 2010
Grant Winner, Lucrezia Bori Foundation Scholarship, Rome, Italy | 2010
Recipient, International Vocal Arts Institute Merit Scholarship, Tel Aviv, Israel | 2010
Recipient, Songfest Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship, Malibu, CA | 2009
Grant Winner, Bev Sellers Memorial Scholarship Vocal Competition | 2009
Recipient, Académie France d'Eté de Nice Merit Scholarship | 2008
Recipient, University of Miami's Frost School Music Merit Scholarship in Salzburg, Austria | 2007
Recipient, Tri-M Music Honor Society Recognition of Excellence | 2007 - Current
First Prize, NJ Teachers Association Young Musicians Voice Competition | 2005
First Prize, Music Teachers National Association Performance State Competition | 2006
Fourth Place (out of 1500 competitors), NJ All State Chorus in Choral Performance | 2005
First Place (out of 1500 competitors), NJ All State Chorus in Solo Performance | 2005
“An opera recital in the World Chess Hall of Fame? That happened. And it was brilliant. The performances of Lilla Heinrich Szász and Joshua Wheeker on Wednesday evening were a fantastic glimpse of what the two young singers, both part of the highly competitive Gerdine Young Artists Program, are bringing to Opera Theater Saint Louis’ May-June six-week season…Szász’s clear, Julliard-trained voice rang through WCHOF’s second floor. It was sharp, dynamic and articulate, never imposing or more than it needed to be.”
- Krystin Arneson, Alive Magazine St. Louis, Dec. 2014
“Business Insider attended a recent Daybreaker event to see what the hype is all about…put on a great performance, as did opera singer Lilla Heinrich.”
- Melia Robinson, Business Insider, June 2014
“As her obedient daughters...and Lilla Heinrich Szász pounced gamely onto their small roles while gleefully scarfing down some delectable-looking French pastries. (Cendrillon)”
- Christopher Corwin, Parterre Box, April 2014
“The glamorous Hungarian-American Lilla Heinrich-Szasz, partnered by the competition-winning pianist Lachlan Glen...delighted the audience with her unfussy and winning delivery; her connection with the material and with the audience was remarkable, especially in the humorous "Lauf der Welt"....Four songs by Debussy revealed the fine vibrato of her upper register; our ears thrilled to the pingy resonance. Still, our heart was taken most by the Spanish songs of her final set....Four songs by Debussy revealed the fine vibrato of her upper register; our ears thrilled to the pingy resonance. Still, our heart was taken most by the Spanish songs of her final set. We had never before heard José Serrano's "Marinela" from La Canción del Olvido but we hope to hear it many more times in the future. On the other hand we have heard Fernando Obradors "Del cabello más sutil" more times than we can recall but never with a more haunting feeling of yearning.”
- Meche Kroop, Voce di meche, March 2013
“The evening ended on a high note with a delightful performance of ‘Der Hirt auf dem Felsen’, one of our personal favorites. Soprano Lilla Heinrich-Szász performed the strenuous yodel-like vocal line with consistency of tone throughout the register, opening to a beautiful top.”
- Meche Kroop, Voce di meche, Feb. 2013
“Lilla Heinrich, a soprano, played their teacher with an appealing sound, agile coloratura, and oversize wit.”
- Steve Smith, The New York Times, April 2010
“But the shining star of the night is the soprano role Helena, performed by Lilla Heinrich Szász. The sweetness and smoothness of her voice, emissioned most sincerely with the perfect kind of emotion demanded by the situation, simply enchants the audience and captures them right away at the first sight...”
- Ling Jiane, NYU, Dec. 2010
“The entire ensemble cast proved to be of the highest standard...a nice turn from Lilla Heinrich Szász as millworker Ella, who offered a limpid, pure vocal characterization.”
- James Sohre, Opera Today, June, 2015“Soprano Lilla Heinrich Szász has impressed us since her days at Juilliard, eventually winning their 2013 Honor's Recital among many other honors, all richly deserved. She has a lively winning onstage personality and a glorious ringing instrument that she easily bends to her will...The two artists drew us in totally with Ms. Szász seemingly losing herself in the throes of religious ecstasy and Mr. Glen creating quite a storm in the piano.”
- Meche Kroop, Voce di meche, Oct. 2015“It was a triumph of casting, staging and performance last night as Juilliard Opera presented Jules Massenet's 1899 opera Cendrillon...Her daughters Noémie and Dorothée (here performed respectively by the excellent soprano Lilla Heinrich Szász...are neither vicious nor ridiculous, only privileged and controlled by their helicopter mother.”- Meche Kroop, Voce di meche, April 2014“Soprano Lilla Heinrich-Szász sang Sechs Lieder, Op. 48 of Edvard Grieg accompanied by Dan K. Kurland, a fine partnership if we ever heard one. Many moods were expressed and we especially enjoyed the lighthearted "Lauf der Welt" and "Die verschwiegene Nachtigall" and the always lovely "Ein Traum". Ms. Heinrich-Szász will have the stage to herself Saturday night at 8:30 and we will be there.”- Meche Kroop, Voce di meche, March 2013“The beautiful soprano Lilla Heinrich-Szász managed to create on short notice a beautiful recital with the collaborative pianist Lachan Glen... With a bright crystalline sound and melismatic skill, she performed several selections...”- Meche Kroop, Voce di meche, March 2013“Ms. Szász… fleshed out the fiendish difficulties of the vocal part. At one point, a particularly piercing, call-an-ambulance-now-caliber scream ignited a brief wave of laughter in the large, warmly responsive audience – a fitting end to an evening that would have had Cage himself smiling.”- Bruce Hodges, Seen & Heard International, Feb. 2012“Several performers stood-out... Lilla Heinrich Szász as Lucinde, who showed as she had several weeks before at a Juilliard concert under Christie’s direction that she has real affinity for 18th century French music.”- DeCaffarrelli, Parterre Box, Feb. 2012“The night ended with Ms. Heinrich Szasz… ‘Oh, quante volte’. She showed the highest technical skill of singers.”- Nick Shadow, Jaffa Portal, July 2010
“Lilla Heinrich Szász straddled the middle ground between the other two sopranos and was just right...”
- Stan Metzger, Seen and Heard International, Jan. 2012